Netflix's highest profile original series "House of Cards" was renewed for a fourth season on April 2, according to Variety. The political drama stars Kevin Spacey, who won a 2015 Golden Globe Award for the best TV drama actor for his portrayal of Frank Underwood — a conniving politician who rose to become the 46thPresident of the United States. The series is set to begin production for season four this summer and is expected to be released in 2016.
There are speculations that "House of Cards" will premiere in fall of 2016 — just in time for the U.S. presidential race.
At the end of season three, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) leaves her husband Frank, signaling an upcoming divorce in season four, according to an article by VCPost. Rumor has it that after the divorce, Claire may decide to run against Frank for presidency, making her his most dangerous enemy as she knows most of his secrets.
In his comments about the separation during a screening for Emmy voters in Los Angeles, show runner Beau Willmon told Hollywood Reporter, "A lot of the strength of the show is based on the strength of that marriage. But as soon as we began to explore that, we realized there was no turning back. We also realized we'd laid the groundwork in the previous two seasons for this conflict between Francis and Claire, and the more we began exploring it, the more inevitable it became. And the more exciting it was for us to travel that emotional terrain."
"House of Cards" is an American adaptation of a novel by Michael Dobbs. The show revolves around the story of Frank Underwood, a Democrat from South Carolina's fifth congressional district and House Majority Whip who, with the aid of his wife, Claire Underwood, initiates an elaborate plan to achieve a position of greater political power, eventually becoming the President of the Unites States.
Spacey believes that the series could run for 12 years with 12 seasons, according to an interview by Digital Spy, though Willmon has said that he has no clear plans concerning the show's future.